Continuing our series from last week, here are three more types of tapes and their applications!
Hi-Temp Polyimide Tape:
Often known by the proprietary name Kapton° tape, this is another tape that can withstand high temperatures. This tape is often used for electrical and thermal insulation, especially during wave soldering to mask the “gold fingers” on some PCB’s.
Water Soluble Tape:
This tape is also used to mask the “gold fingers” on PCB’s during wave soldering, but is also water soluble as the name suggests. This helps you process your boards faster, as it can withstand the wave soldering process, but dissolves easily during typical aqueous cleaning operations. Not only will it dissolve away, but once dissolved the tape is biodegradable, non-toxic, neutral pH, and pollution free, making for easy disposal of waste water.
General foil tapes can have many uses, including reflecting and dissipating heat, splicing thin gauge foils, holding wires and cooling coils, and normal patching and sealing. Foil tapes tend to be strong and durable, leading to easy, reliable use both indoors and out.
The Caig Laboratories EEP-102-16 is a unique hand lotion that creates an invisible glove that protects and shields your hands from dirt, grease, chemicals and harsh contaminates while moisturizing your skin. This non-greasy hand lotion creates a thin film that protects pores, cracks and fingernails and does not impair your grip. Hand-E-Glove® also has anti-static properties to help reduce static build-up and discharge.
Hand-E-Glove® is easily cleaned with only soap and water. This invisible glove is made with natural/organic ingredients and contains no harsh or dangerous chemicals.
Available in 16 ounce pump style containers which hold up to 500 treatments.
For more information on the Caig Laboratories Hand-E-Glove® visit All-Spec.com or call us at 1-(800) 537-0351.
ITW Chemtronics® has designed an effective static dissipative system to assist you in your efforts to control possible ESD situations in the work environment. The ITW Chemtronics Static Free™ system provides all the products required for a comprehensive floor treatment program as recommended by the ANSI/ESD 20.20 standard.
- Static Free™ Floor Finish
- Provides a resilient static dissipative floor surface for static sensitive environments
- Static Free™ Floor Cleaner
- Removes oils, dirt and other contaminants from the floor surface while rejuvenating your ESD floor finish
- Static Free™ Floor Finish Stripper
- Quickly and effectively removes Static Free™ Floor Finish and other floor finishes so a new surface can be applied
For more information on Chemtronics® Static Dissipative Surface Treatment Systems go to www.All-Spec.com or call customer service at (800) 537-0351 to order today.
Here at All-Spec Industries we carry a large array of tapes, and with this variety comes plenty of uses. For the next few weeks we will be exploring some uses of different types of adhesive tapes, especially in the electronics industry.
Conductive Grid Tape:
These tapes feature a conductive wire grid that is imbedded in the backing layer. While conductive is in the name, they are actually not used for conducting electricity at all; instead they are a shielding tape. By having the imbedded conductive grid it allows you to create a faraday cage effect, protecting sensitive products from static damage.
Conformal Coating Masking Tape:
Conformal coating masking tapes look a lot like regular masking tape, but this tape has the benefit of being able to withstand temperatures up to 325°F (163°C). Because of its heat resistance, this tape can be used to shield parts of an electronics board while the rest of it receives a conformal coating. This way you can ensure that the only parts of your circuit board that are coated are the parts that need it.
EMI Shielding Tape:
Just as its name suggests, this tape is used to protect parts against electromagnetic interference. However, most EMI shielding tapes are made of foil, and will often have a conductive adhesive. This means that they can also be used as a way to conduct electricity, allowing the tape to ground objects.
About a month ago we went over 10 essential static control products, but of course those are not all of the ESD-safe items that you can use in your workplace. Two items that did not make it into the list are ESD-safe trash cans and ESD-safe trash liners.
You may think ESD-safe trash cans are unnecessary or superfluous, as once an item is thrown in the trash you typically do not need to protect it. That would be true, but having a static safe trash can is more about removing potential static generators than it is about keeping your trash safe. If you have to move your trash can around your work area or have to replace a liner every now and then, you do not want to have to worry about generating static every single time you interact with your trash can or liner.
So that is why we offer multiple ESD-safe trash cans and liners and suggest you use one in your work area. Be sure to keep your product safe from static damage, no matter where it may happen.